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Out & About: Night and day, Austin is the social one

Michael Barnes
mbarnes@statesman.com

Social days and social nights: “We are always happen when our husbands join us,” said Martha Kirby, 90, greeting guests during the Retired Officers Wives Club luncheon at Green Pastures. “Or any man.” Lots of laughter followed from the gathered women. … Particularly pleased to see Edward Flores (Mud Puppies) and Octavio A. Hinojosa Mier (Hispanic Scholarship Consortium) win kudos during the Capital of Texas Small Business Awards, handed out by the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, since their social grasp reaches far beyond the Crown Plaza. … Ultra-modest accountant Rusty Morrison was lionized for his work with Boys and Girls Clubs of the Austin Area by I Live Here I Give Here during the Big Give gala at the Driskill Hotel; People’s Community Clinic and Little Helping Hands walked away with fat checks. … Some things don’t change: The longest line at the Texas Monthly BBQ Festival belonged to Austin’s own Franklin Barbecue. Can’t get enough of that brisket. … Speaking of slow-cooked meats, spending a Sunday morning in the Driftwood area with the Salt Lick’s Scott Roberts is like living Texas history. The man with a thousand projects visualizes his hilly hamlet as the next Napa Valley. … University of Texas President William Powers Jr. sounded like he was personally arguing his school’s affirmative action case before the Supreme Court when he delivered the keynote address during the Austin Area Urban League at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. … Cutest couple at Public School’s Custom Build party for Tribeza Style Week at Revival Cycles: Sean and Lauren Greenberg, who carry on his family’s fashion tradition at Allen’s Boots on South Congress Avenue.